Originally published: June 2, 2009
Last updated: June 2, 2009 - 9:11pm
[Commentary] While data zips across the country on beams of light carried by fiber optic cables, when it reaches the vast majority of last-mile access networks it hits copper wires, which regardless of whether it's DSL or cable will always be slower than fiber. The more fiber you have the more capacity that's available to handle Internet traffic. And when you lay fiber all the way to users' front doors then you fundamentally redefine their connectivity paradigm, evolving from an era of bandwidth scarcity to one of abundance. As the Internet's backbone is all fiber, anything with lesser capacity will be a bottleneck. So let's acknowledge that the next-generation of the Internet means extending the power of fiber optics to every house.
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